There are two distinctly different conversations regarding when a child passes or will pass. These are arguably the hardest and hopefully rarest conversations you will have in your career. We have separated those here into Discussing Terminal Diagnoses in Children, followed by When a Child Dies Unexpectedly. In a separate scenario, we have written about talking with patients and families about fetal and newborn demise because we felt as a collective there were dynamics and communication points worth delineating.
May your words be kind, gestures gentle, and compassion at the peak of your emotional capacity as a human when talking with families in these moments.